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FedCon 30 | Vortrag | The James Webb Space Telescope | Professor Mark McCaughrean

The James Webb Space Telescope: from first light to new planets

After more than three decades of development, construction, integration, and test, the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope was launched from French Guiana on Christmas Day 2021 and is presently undergoing commissioning in orbit around the Sun-Earth L2 point.

In this talk, Professor Mark McCaughrean will give an overview of the scientific rationale for this astonishing machine, the technological challenges that had to be overcome in realising it, and an update on the observatory status and finally, a forward look at some of the scientific breakthroughs that it promises when it enters full operation in summer this year.

Lecturer: Professor Mark McCaughrean
Duration: 60 min  -  The Lecture will be held in: english
Professor Mark McCaughrean is the Senior Advisor for Science & Exploration at the European Space Agency. He is also responsible for communicating results from ESA’s astronomy, heliophysics, planetary, and exploration missions to the scientific community and wider public.

After studying at the University of Edinburgh, he worked at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, astronomical institutes in Tucson, Heidelberg, Bonn, and Potsdam, and the University of Exeter before joining ESA in 2009. His scientific research focuses on the formation of stars and their planetary systems, and he is an Interdisciplinary Scientist on the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope Science Working Group.

He is also the co-founder of Space Rocks, which celebrates space exploration and the art, music, and culture it inspires through public events and more.

Sources & additional links for The James Webb Space Telescope:

Website (ESA Germany), Website (Space Rocks)

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